Joylin Nodwell (Candidate for Ward 7)
4. Marital/family status:
Married (20 years); 3 children (17, 13 and 10)
5. Political Experience:
This is my first time running for public office.
6. Why do you want to be a city councillor?
As a coach, I am privileged to work with a diverse group of people (all ages, backgrounds, cultures) and encouraging positive change through sport. Being a councillor for Ward 7 would be an extension of that passion and allow for an even greater level of advocacy on behalf of residents, businesses, and organizations. I have an immense desire to help others and if elected, it would be my goal to ensure Calgarians feel represented and empowered.
7. If elected, what is one thing that you would like to accomplish, and why?
I stand for the people and thus my first priority will be to increase the level of transparency in the reporting and decision making process, and whenever reasonable and possible, limit the number of sessions and information disclosed behind closed doors. Other tenets of my platform, such as maximizing the value of our tax dollars through increased fiscal responsibility, accountability and social conscience will flow from openness. Encouraging City Council to make decisions with greater social conscience and accountability will lead to better decision making. By promoting more open government, we allow the public to be better informed about our government processes, lessening misinformation and distrust and giving the people more options and facts when engaging in public debate.
8. What is the most important lesson life has taught you?
Life is a precious gift. Never take it for granted. We get a lifetime to make the most of ourselves and to engage in as many new endeavors as possible. Each person I meet, no matter how brief or long I have known them, becomes a special connection to me. I am thankful to be able to wake up each day and do the activities I love, and work at making this wonderful City a better place for everyone.
9. What do you think is the biggest issue facing the city?
Trust. We love our City but when it comes to fiscal management, many of us are not entirely convinced our City has our citizens best interest always in mind. The $52 million question has been foremost on everyone’s mind as of late. Collectively, $52 million every year is a significant sum. Most Calgarians I have spoken to indicate they are losing faith in how their tax monies are being spent. If we trusted our municipal government, most of us would have greater confidence letting the City decide how to deal with the Province’s rebate on our property taxes.
10. How would you describe your leadership style?
I am a humanitarian. I work for the people and with the people to attain goals and to bring peace to unsettled situations. I strive for win-win situations where both parties can feel a sense of achievement and satisfaction. I am a hard worker who can endure tough situations.
11. In your opinion, what is the best thing city council has done in the last three years?
To defer the “2014-onward $52 million question” until after the election. It is a blessing the money hasn’t been spoken for yet!
12. What is one thing you think council should have done, but didn’t?
Listen to Calgarians. I try not to dwell on negative issues in the past but to listen, learn and improve. It is important not to turn a blind eye to what is seemingly large amounts of tax dollars being wasted, or, act complacently when allegations of irregularities arise. Many of the City’s past large capital expenditures appear to have gone well over budget without any cause for concern by Council. In future, it will be prudent to better publicize expectations, budgets and deliverables for large City projects ahead of time, especially those that can have a big impact on our City and its reputation. After all, listening to the people is one of the best ways to encourage democracy in our City.